Don't sleep on these teams
5-on-5: Which teams are expected to come on strong after a subpar start?
Just because a team is underachieving right now doesn't mean it will keep playing poorly all season. Our 5-on-5 crew takes a look at some potential sleepers.
1. Which is the No. 5 sleeper team in the NBA?
Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN.com: If nothing else, the Knicks have made the New York papers fun to read. They've lost to four lottery teams at home and have been a certified train wreck. Yet for all the dysfunction and Carmelo Anthony's wounded ankle, thumb and ego, they're only two games out of the playoffs. If they can get Anthony back and Baron Davis in uniform, they should be able to crack the Top 8 in the East.
Brendan Jackson, Celtics Hub: Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies and the Thunder were the darlings of the 2011 playoffs. The Thunder have picked up where they left off but injuries to Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur have set the Griz back. They've had to integrate new pieces and their offense has taken a big hit. That said, it's only a matter of time before they get it together.
Jared Wade, Eight Points, Nine Seconds: Memphis Grizzlies.
When Z-Bo went down, everyone wrote this team off. Those who did might have forgotten how good Rudy Gay is. Even if the Griz are depleted up front, they have excellent depth and high-level defenders, and they've won seven of their past 10 games. Meanwhile, Marc Gasol looks like he might have been underpaid.
2. Which is the No. 4 sleeper team in the NBA?
3. Which is the No. 3 sleeper team in the NBA?
4. Which is the No. 2 sleeper team in the NBA?
5. Which is the No. 1 sleeper team in the NBA?
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